The Year of Being Stretched

For the past few years I have chosen a word to define and shape my year. In years past I have chosen Yes, Love, Boldness. This year was the year of Stretch.

It has been a year of ups and downs. Of grieving the loss of lives gone too soon, and others at the end of years of battling illnesses. A year of medical diagnosis’, witnessing the fragility of health. A year of evolving friendships, some getting closer while others stagnated.

It has been a year of changes at work. Adjusting to a new boss, being challenged with my writing. Finally ,being offered a new job in ministry with kids. Something I never pictured myself doing. Truly, a lesson in what God does through me, shows more than I ever believed.

It has been a year of gaining weight and finding myself searching for motivation to eat well and exercise.

Seeing God work through all of that and work in me too. Forcing me to face my neediness and jealousy issues. To pull back the layers of the why behind it all.

By choosing a word for the past few years, it has allowed for clarity[Tweet “By choosing a word for the past few years, it has allowed for clarity”]. For me to view and process through it. Choosing a word each year allows me more freedom in achieving my dreams and goals. I’m not sure about my next word or if there will be one at all. Perhaps it has been decided already, yet to be revealed.

 

Have you done One Word 365? What was your word and how was your year?

 

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The Year of Being Stretched

For the past few years I have chosen a word to define and shape my year. In years past I have chosen Yes, Love, Boldness. This year was the year of Stretch.

It has been a year of ups and downs. Of grieving the loss of lives gone too soon, and others at the end of years of battling illnesses. A year of medical diagnosis’, witnessing the fragility of health. A year of evolving friendships, some getting closer while others stagnated.

It has been a year of changes at work. Adjusting to a new boss, being challenged with my writing. Finally being offered a new job in ministry with kids. A lesson in what God does through me, shows more than I ever believed.

It has been a year of gaining weight and finding myself searching for motivation to eat well and exercise.

Seeing God work through all of that and work in me too. Forcing me to face my neediness and jealousy issues. To pull back the layers of the why behind it all.

By choosing a word for the past few years, it has allowed for clarity. For me to view and process through it.

Stretched

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For the past few years I have participated in One Word 365. Instead of making a list of resolutions that will soon be broken or forgotten. I choose a word. One single word to define a year. This year my word is Stretched. Today’s post is about a six month check in.

I chose this word or more like it chose me because I felt stagnated. I felt it in all aspects of my life. From my writing career, my running, emotionally.

This word has proven to be challenging and growing.

In asking to be Stretched, I am asking to be made uncomfortable. To confront long dormant feelings. To not only do more but seek more of Jesus.

Each year that I have chosen a word for a year, I have been made to grow. It has shaped each year and mindset. My first word Yes lead to my health journey.

The next year I chose Love. I chose it for the hope of perhaps the possibility of romance. God however used that to show me the true depths of love.

Last year was Boldness . A year that was rather hit or miss.

I said earlier that this year has been challenging and growing. I have had to confront sin in my heart that I had dismissed. There has been much trial with the loss of a friend and others with health issues. My struggle with getting back into running can be added to this too.

But I already see fruit. I feel myself changing, letting go of things that I have held onto for too long. This is only the six month check in!

Have you done One Word 365? What fruit did you see in your life?